The Honda NSX, known in America as an Acura, began life over 25 years ago as a lower-priced and mechanically reliable alternative to the V8-powered Ferrari supercars.
Introduced in 1990, the NSX became the world’s first mass-produced car to feature an all-aluminum body and was powered by an aluminum 3.0-liter V6 engine, which featured Honda’s VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) system, along with a choice between a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission.
The NSX became a spectacular success and remained in production until 2005. Fans mourned the loss of their Japanese supercar and eagerly watched the headlines in anticipation of its return.
As of this year, the NSX is not only back with a vengeance, but it will likely launch an entire platform of supercar goodness.
Honda announced the return of the NSX in December 2011 and showed a concept version at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. The production model debuted three years later and finally went on sale earlier this year with a hybrid powertrain powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine and three electric motors, along with a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission.
With a starting MSRP of about $156,000, the new NSX has officially been upgraded to true supercar status. And more versions are coming.
According to NSX project boss Ted Klaus, Honda is contemplating convertible, lightweight, non-hybrid and all-electric versions, one of which is set to wear the Type R badge.
We highly doubt any of these new models will be attainable for the average car buyer, but we sure like the idea of spreading the NSX love and giving affluent aficionados options beyond the current hybrid coupe.
Klaus went on to say that the base car had been over-engineered in order to accommodate harder, faster versions and different powertrains.
There isn’t another supercar in existence that can be had in either hybrid, full-electric, or gas-only powertrains. If Honda delivers, it’ll once again change the world of supercars.
Would you rather have the hybrid, a gas-powered Type R, or an all-electric version of the Acura NSX?